We know how residents of Watermarke Tower just wanna have fun! Of course there’s the usual round of destination restaurant openings and hot new brewpubs––and who’s complaining! But DTLA is so much more than that! So we scrounged up some wacky, off-the-beaten-track diversions guaranteed to amuse you and your crew.
634 Mateo Street
Los Angeles 90021
Billing itself as he world’s first Micro-Amusement Park™, Two Bit Circus is an experiential entertainment destination where fun-seekers of all ages can gather and play. The park promises an ever-changing landscape of immersive entertainment, including multi-person virtual reality, narrative-based escape/story rooms, indie arcades, molecular mixology, and liberal use of lasers and robots. As a brand new type of social playspace (Two Bit Circus just opened in September 2018), the venues are also a launchpad for new technologies and aim to bring ideas from designers, inventors, makers, engineers, storytellers and more from concept to reality. Sounds like a blast? You can make reservations here.
ALERT: Check for blackout dates.
120 E. 8th Street
Los Angeles 90014
Imagine yourself in a real-life adventure game filled with mysterious puzzles and brain-teasing clues! Escape Room LA. immerses you in a choice of five extraordinary environments, from a 1940’s detective office to a mystifying underground cavern, an ancient Mayan pyramid, an old haunted theatre, or a medieval alchemist’s secret laboratory. Gamers have to solve a series of challenging clues and puzzles and escape before their time runs out! Before the game, friendly Escape Room staffers will review the rules and answer any questions before your countdown to escape begins. Never fear, if you don’t make your way out before time’s up, the door will be unlocked. At the end of your game, the staff will recap your accomplishments and explain how to solve the remaining puzzles inside the room. Plan on spending a total of about 90 minutes from start to finish. Buy tickets here.
ALERT: Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes before your game’s starting time. If you arrive after the door to the room has been locked, you will not be allowed to participate, and there are no refunds or exchanges.
Cartwheel Art Tours
Addresses vary, depending on the tour.
Ready for more wacky stuff to do? Cartwheel Art Tours pulls back the curtain on LA’s “underground” past, from notorious Prohibition-era murders to infamous speakeasy haunts frequented by the Old Hollywood elite. Tours include a few stops under the busy streets of DTLA to discover a century-old tunnel and speakeasies, alongside more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes. Based in the DTLA Arts District, Cartwheel Art creates and produces immersive, neighborhood explorations and experiences designed by founder Cindy Schwarzstein, a hands-on active member of the Los Angeles arts community. The tours are offered as an opportunity to engage individuals and groups in art, food and historical adventure, with a focus on supporting local artists and artisan businesses. Buy tickets here.